August 15th, 2014
I’m loving the Back to School projects this year, probably because it’s my little guy’s first year of pre school. For my Michaels Makers challenge this month I tried to think of projects that work for this age group but also can work for any age. Knowing that kids bring home lots of papers and drawings from school, I thought a great back to school organization project would be a storage box for all the keepsakes from the year. Of course it needs to be pretty so that I can do the same box every year of school and at the end have 14 of these keepsake boxes with all the important awards, artwork, report cards etc. from each school year. This storage box from Michaels is so cool that It will look great sitting on bookshelves either stacked or with the decorated side showing. I love how it turned out.
I found the awesome kraft storage box at Michaels. The brand is Recollections and the quality is fantastic. Immediately I knew I wanted to paint the lid and use Hazel & Ruby stencil masks to create the graphic style.
I don’t know if you’ve used or seen these stencil masks, but they make adding text to any surface so easy! Gone are the days of tracing and painting in the lines! All I did was take the letter masks and placed them exactly where I wanted the words.
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August 1st, 2014
My little boy is growing up (insert crying here). He’s such a little love and we have such a strong bond, it’s going to be hard to not have him with me all day long. He’s starting preschool in the fall and on his supply list he needs a tote bag not a backpack. So I thought creating a custom tote bag would get him super excited to start school (he’s already thrilled).
We went to Michael’s and grabbed a pack of tote bags and some iron-on vinyl.
This is such a fast and easy project, all you need is a tote bag, iron-on vinyl, a die-cut machine, and an iron.
I cut out Ollie’s name (be sure to do mirror image!), and a monster that I had Mr. Project quickly draw for me (see bottom of post for a free download of this cute monster). Then I placed them film side up on the bag to get the placement right:
And then ironed on (one item at a time). I also learned after the first one to read the instructions (ha!) and put a cloth between the iron-on and the iron. No irons or tote bags were damaged in the process, but I was a little nervous there for a minute.
After ironing, I pulled off the plastic liner and saw the final product!
The bag turned out so so cute! Ollie is completely in love with his new bag and even endured me taking more than one photo!
There was even posing!!! this is unprecedented folks, maybe he could be a child model after all.
Now he really can’t wait for school to start. He even told our babysitter that I would make one for her.
I have a few more Back to School crafts up my sleeve that I’ll be posting about in a few days. here’s a little sneak peek… I guess I’m pretty excited for school too!
And if you have a back to school project, be sure to enter the Michaels #Create2Educate sweepstakes for your chance to win a $50 gift card! There’s a winner every day, so keep sharing your favorite back-to-school craft until August 15th. For more info and to check out other entries, visit michaels.com/create2educate-sweepstakes.
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July 15th, 2014
I’m so excited about my Michaels Makers project this month. A few weeks ago I received a surprise package in the mail. I opened it up and it was full of so many fun “raw” items from Michael’s new RAW BAR line of products. I love all things burlap, so I was drawn to the 6×6 burlap canvas and immediately knew what I wanted to create.
Since we just moved into our house, all our walls are bare. This little burlap canvas was just the push I needed to create a gallery wall in my office.
When I saw the canvas I knew I wanted to use the Hazel & Ruby stencil masks because they are pretty much the easiest way to make cute crafty projects. I had a sample of their brand new “cut your own stencils” and used is to cut this “Joy” (that I hand-wrote on my computer and turned into a digital cut file) on my Silhouette cameo.
I placed the stencil mask directly on the burlap (it’s adhesive on the back), pressed around the edges to keep the paint from bleeding, and then painted over the “Joy” using a white acrylic paint.
Then all I had to do was peel off the mask, and there you have it, an adorable little canvas and the burlap is pretty much perfect for any decor. How easy was that?? Hardly any work at all.
Okay lets move onto the gallery wall. So my office had nothing on the wall, just a big white space waiting to be decorated. Inspired by this little burlap canvas, I gathered things from around the house, old frames, picked up more items and frames from Michaels, and even painted a few things. This is what I put together:
Each of the items on the wall has a story. Spencer drew this illustration of San Francisco for me 5 years ago when we lived in San Francisco.
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